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Dr. Heimlich Uses Heimlich Maneuver For First Time, Saves Life

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The doctor credited with creating the maneuver that has been used to save countless choking victims finally had a chance to use the maneuver he created in an emergency situation, at the age of 96: When he heard that a resident was choking, Perry Gaines, maître d’ for the Deupree House dining room, ran toward […]

Bubba Smith Is Latest Former N.F.L. Player Diagnosed To Have Had C.T.E.

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Bubba Smith, the former N.F.L. star who went on to have a successful career as an actor, is the latest former pro football player to be diagnosed as having a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated concussions: Bubba Smith, the All-Pro defensive end in the N.F.L. who went on to a second career as a […]

Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders Walk Into A Bar…..

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Last night’s Saturday Night Live cold open was most likely the last time we’ll see Larry David as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders but, along with Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton, it was one of the best of the season: Very well done guys, although the first skit remains my personal favorite:

Twitter War between Head of OAS and President of Venezuela

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This is amazing, amusing, and very Twenty-First Century, via the BBC:  Venezuela Maduro OAS: Latin American ‘traitor’ row escalates The head of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has accused the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of being “a traitor”. In a series of Twitter posts addressed directly to Mr Maduro, Mr Almagro also […]

Donald Trump Just 77 Delegates Away From Officially Clinching Republican Nomination

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To the surprise of nobody, Donald Trump easily won the Republican primary in Oregon last night, putting him 77 delegates away from clinching the Republican nomination for President: Donald Trump has won the Oregon GOP Primary, according to the Associated Press. Although all of Trump’s GOP opponents have been vanquished, he has yet to cross […]

John McCain In Trouble in Arizona?

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John McCain seems to be headed for the toughest re-election fight of his political career: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is facing a tough reelection bid while fighting unfavorable ratings,according to a new poll. The survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) released Tuesday found that McCain leads the Republican primary field with 39 percent, […]

Bill Backer, Creator Of ‘I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke’ Ad, Dies At 89

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Bill Backer, the man behind the creation of the most famous commercials of the 1970s if not all time, has died at the age of 89: Bill Backer, a lapsed lyricist whose classic 1971 commercial taught a fractious world of potential Coca-Cola consumers to sing in perfect harmony and was featured in the finale of […]

Nomination Fight for the Libertarians?

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Via WaPo:  Libertarian Party faces a nomination fight in a #NeverTrump world Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico and 2012 Libertarian Party nominee for president, may have found his moment. The Democratic and Republican parties are set to nominate deeply unpopular candidates. His Libertarian Party has seen enrollment surge all year, with more than […]

From the “You can’t Make this Stuff up” File (Trump’s ex-Butler edition)

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Via the BBC:  Donald Trump’s ex-butler calls for Obama to be killed Anthony Senecal wrote in a Facebook post that Mr Obama “should have been taken out by our military and shot as an enemy agent in his first term”. Mr Senecal worked for Mr Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, for nearly 30 […]

Rush Limbaugh Explains Trump’s Praise of Clintons

Four years ago, Trump lavished praise on Hillary. Brilliant!

Sarah Palin Targets Paul Ryan Over Refusal To Endorse Donald Trump

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Sarah Palin, who was among the early endorsers of Donald Trump, is now saying that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan must be defeated because of his unwillingness to immediately jump on the Donald Trump bandwagon: Sarah Palin will work to defeat House Speaker Paul Ryan by backing his primary opponent in Wisconsin, the former […]

Moore Suspended, Faces Removal from Office

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Via AL.com: Roy Moore suspended from office: Alabama chief justice faces removal over gay marriage stance For the second time in his career, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore faces charges before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary and potential removal from office. Until that court hears and rules on those charges, Moore will be suspended with […]

Bill Kristol Trying to Recruit Mitt Romney for Independent Run

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Bill Kristol is continuing the #NeverTrump fight to its logical next step, trying to find a more mainstream Republican to run as an independent in the fall.

Jeb Bush Won’t Support Trump or Clinton

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Former Florida governor and erstwhile 2016 presidential contender Jeb Bush becomes the third member of the family to publicly announce he won’t support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in November, joining the 41st and 43rd Presidents of the United States. I congratulate Donald Trump on securing his place as the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. There […]

Bush 41, 43 Won’t Be Endorsing Trump

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The only two living Republican former Presidents have no plan to endorse Donald Trump: For the first time since his own presidency, George H.W. Bush is planning to stay silent in the race for the Oval Office — and the younger former president Bush plans to stay silent as well. Bush 41, who enthusiastically endorsed […]

Same Sex Marriage in Colombia

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Via the BBC: Colombia legalises gay marriage Colombia’s top court has legalised same-sex marriage, making the country the fourth in Latin America to do so. Civil unions had previous been legal. The rest of the region:   Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have previously legalised same-sex marriage. […] In Mexico, gay marriage is legal in the capital […]

Boehner on Cruz

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Via The Stanford Daily:  John Boehner talks election, time in office When specifically asked his opinions on Ted Cruz, Boehner made a face, drawing laughter from the crowd. “Lucifer in the flesh,” the former speaker said. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a […]

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been sentenced to fifteen months in Federal prison for his conviction on bank fraud charges related to an effort to cover-up decades old incidents of sexual abuse from the time when Hastert was a High School wrestling coach: CHICAGO —A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former House speaker J. […]

Ron Beasley, Long Time Blogger And OTB Commenter, Dies At 69

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I woke this morning to the sad news that Ron Beasley, a long time blogger who was also a frequent visitor to the comment threads here at Outside The Beltway, had passed away at the age of 69. The news came via a post on Ron’s Facebook page from his sister: It is with a […]

Brazil’s President Impeached

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With just a few months to go before the nation takes center stage, Brazil’s President is now facing impeachment: BRASÍLIA — Brazilian legislators voted on Sunday night to approve impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, the nation’s first female president, whose tenure has been buffeted by a dizzying corruption scandal, a shrinking economy and spreading disillusionment. After […]

Money Never Sleeps?

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It looks like some of the big GOP bucks may be taking a bit of a snooze, via Politico:  Sheldon Adelson and top GOP donors retreat to the sidelines While some in the room spoke in favor of Cruz, others expressed reservations about his prospects in the general election. Trump, meanwhile, had little support: Not […]

Partisanship and Race

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Here is another column (American Anger: It’s Not the Economy. It’s the Other Party) in the long list of trying to figure out what is going on in American politics these days.  The thesis is that the problem is partisan sorting and that that sorting strongly correlates to view on race: The increasing alignment between party […]

Talking Heads, Troy University Style (Elections Edition)

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Some election chit-chat from campus television:  

Sarah Palin’s Latest Speech For Donald Trump Must Be Heard To Be Believed

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Sarah Palin was in Wisconsin campaigning for Donald Trump and gave a speech in which she seemingly hit new lows when it comes to incoherence: The entire speech, which you can watch in its entirety above, ran 18 minutes. Palin got applause three times: 1. When she was introduced 2. When she mentioned Hillary Clinton […]

Hillary Clinton Raises $29. 5 Million In March

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Hillary Clinton fell short of the $44 million that Bernie Sanders raised in March, but still managed to do pretty well herself: Hillary Clinton raised $29.5 million in March, her campaign reported Monday, claiming victory despite coming in far below Bernie Sanders’ monthly haul of $44 million. The campaign said it began April with $29 […]

Delayed – OTB Caption Contest Winners

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tries to pump up the crowd before a rally on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago, Friday, March 11, 2016, in Chicago. The rally was canceled. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Delayed “J” Is For Jumparound Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Bernie Sanders Raises $44 Million In March

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Bernie Sanders isn’t going to be the Democratic nominee for President, but that isn’t stopping him from raising impressive amounts of money: Bernie Sanders broke his monthly fundraising record in March, pulling in more than $44 million, his campaign announced Friday following the midnight filing deadline with the Federal Election Commission. “What this campaign is […]

Comedian Garry Shandling Dead At 66

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Garry Shandling, a comedian who starred in two ground-breaking comedy series, died suddenly yesterday at the age of 66: Garry Shandling, a comedian who deftly walked a tightrope between comic fiction and show-business reality on two critically praised cable shows, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 66. A spokesman for the Los Angeles […]

Joe Garagiola, Former Baseball Player And Broadcaster, Dead At 90

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Joe Garagiola, a former baseball player who achieved more fame in front of the television camera than on the baseball diamond, died yesterday the age of 90: Joe Garagiola, who spent nine forgettable seasons in the major leagues as a weak-hitting catcher and then parlayed his witty tales of life as a baseball underachiever into […]

Hamilton on SCOTUS Nominations

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Worth a read over at the Monkey Cage:  Here’s what Alexander Hamilton can teach senators about Supreme Court nominations. Take a dive into The Federalist Papers.

Sharron Angle Is Running For Senate Again

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Sharron Angle, who by all accounts blew what could have been an historic Republican Senate pickup in 2010 when she lost to then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in what was otherwise a Republican wave year, is running for Reid’s seat yet again: Sharron Angle, a controversial Tea Party Republican who upset the 2010 Nevada […]

The Depressing Reading List

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Some happy articles for your perusal: Via the Guardian:  Trump supporters in St Louis: how ‘midwestern nice’ became a sea of rage Via Salon:  Trump’s not Hitler, he’s Mussolini: How GOP anti-intellectualism created a modern fascist movement in America Via The Atlantic:  Make America White Again? (Donald Trump’s language is eerily similar to the 1920s Ku Klux Klan—hypernationalistic and […]

Explaining the Trump Candidacy?

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To me one of the major questions of this campaign season is:  why is Trump running?  It is a question to which I wonder if we will ever have an adequate answer.   On one level, for example, I can’t imagine Trump wanting to actually be the president.  Further, I can’t decipher any policy motive for […]

Least Shocking News of the Day: Hispanics don’t Like Trump

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Via Gallup:  Trump Has a Major Image Problem With Hispanics And it goes well beyond party affiliation: Hispanics tilt Democratic, with 50% identifying as Democratic or leaning Democratic in the Jan. 2-March 8 period, contrasted with 23% who identify as Republican or who lean Republican. Trump’s negative image, however, is not merely a result of […]

With Defenses Like These, Who Needs Accusations?

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Via Hitfix: Bill Cosby’s TV son charges media with double standard: ‘Roman Polanski is still celebrated’ “You just look at just how the media is playing this whole thing out, and I can’t help but think about Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, [Seventh Heaven star] Stephen Collins, who it’s very clear, you know, the crime they’ve committed,” […]

Ben Carson Endorses Donald Trump

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Ben Carson endorsed Donald Trump today in a press conference that was as bizarre as the rest of this campaign has been: Ben Carson, the retired pediatric neurosurgeon who ended his own presidential bid last week, endorsed Donald J. Trump at a news conference on Friday at Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump’s club, calling him “actually a […]

A Reminder about the US Muslim Population

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Via Pew Research: Pew Research Center estimates that there were about 3.3 million Muslims of all ages living in the United States in 2015. This means that Muslims made up about 1% of the total U.S. population (about 322 million people in 2015), and we estimate that that share will double by 2050. […] According […]

Placing Trump in Comparative Perspective

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I would highly recommend the following from Pippa Norris:  It’s not just Trump. Authoritarian populism is rising across the West. Here’s why.  (Norris is an expert on comparative politics and elections). It is a long piece (for a newspaper column/blog post), but is worth a read.  Not to encourage skipping the essay, I will post […]

A Photo for Friday

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After a hiatus, the photo returns:   “Lanterns” February 15, 2016 Pike Road, AL

The New GOP Shuffle? (or, Dancing around Trump and Islam)

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So, there is this (via CNN):  Donald Trump: ‘I think Islam hates us’ Donald Trump said Wednesday that he thinks “Islam hates us,” drawing little distinction between the religion and radical Islamic terrorism. “I think Islam hates us,” Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, deploring the “tremendous hatred” that he said partly defined the religion. He […]

Bernie Sanders Wins Maine Caucuses

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Just hours before hitting a debate stage in Flint, Michigan, Bernie Sanders pulled off a win in the Maine Caucuses but it didn’t help him much in the delegate count: Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic caucuses in Maine, according to the Associated Press. The Vermont senator’s victory is his third of the weekend, along […]

Marco Rubio Wins Puerto Rico Primary

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Marco Rubio has won the Puerto Rico primary, capturing all 23 of the delegates up for grabs: Marco Rubio easily won Puerto Rico’s Republican primary on Sunday and is on pace to capture a majority of the vote and all of the island’s 23 delegates. With 44 percent of precincts reporting, Rubio was at 71 […]

Yet More Evidence of our Broken Immigration System

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Via the LAT:  This judge says toddlers can defend themselves in immigration court On Friday, the ACLU posted a transcript of the deposition in that case in which Weil asserted that toddlers can represent themselves in his court. “Are you aware of any experts in child psychology or comparable experts who agree with the assessment that […]

Ted Cruz Wins Kansas Caucuses, CPAC Straw Poll

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz has won the Kansas caucuses, with Donald Trump coming in second and Marco Rubio third: NEW ORLEANS — Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who has sought to present himself as the chief alternative to GOP front-runner Donald Trump, secured a strong victory in the Kansas presidential caucuses Saturday, according to a projection […]

Pat Conroy, Lords of Discipline Author, Dead at 70

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The great author Pat Conroy has died, aged 70, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

We Won’t Have Ben Carson To Kick Around Anymore

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Ben Carson is officially out of the race for President: Ben Carson is suspending his bid for the presidency, the retired neurosurgeon announced Friday, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. “Even though I might be leaving the campaign trail, you know there’s a lot of people who love me, they just […]

Latest Fox News GOP Debate Garners 16.8 Million Viewers

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Thursday’s Republican debate on Fox News Channel proved that the American public remains keenly interested in the 2016 Presidential race: Thursday’s GOP debate on Fox News was the highest-rated debate of 2016 and the fourth-highest-rated primary debate on record. The two-hour debate averaged 16.8 million total viewers — a bigger audience than practically everything else […]

George Kennedy, Versatile Character Actor, Dead At 91

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George Kennedy, a versatile character actor who played in some of the best-known films of the 1960s and 1970s, has died at the age of 91: George Kennedy, who played tough guys, oafs, G.I.’s and a bonanza of cowboys as one of Hollywood’s most versatile and durable character actors, and who won an Oscar as […]

Kasich It Is

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For probably the first time since I started voting back in 1984, I went to the polls this morning unsure for whom I was going to vote. As I noted Saturday, I was torn between voting for John Kasich, the candidate I’d most like to see as president, and Marco Rubio, the acceptable-to-me candidate with […]

Internal GOP Politics and the Trump Problem

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The NYT has a long, but worthwhile piece on the internal difficulties that the Republican Party is having to face as the Trump nomination comes closer to irrevocable reality:  Inside the Republican Party’s Desperate Mission to Stop Donald Trump. I highly recommend it.  As I keep noting to friends, the GOP’s current situation is quite fascinating from […]

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